I just LOVE my big chest freezer. Nineteen cubic feet of space to keep homegrown, wild and store bought goodies preserved at a nippy zero degrees Fahrenheit.
There are, of course, disadvantages of having that much food in there. The most recent disadvantage that comes to mind is having to pull something out of the very bottom of the freezer:
I can jussssst reach the bottom if I stand on one foot and lean over into the chest. My latest freezer grab was a package of pork sausage. Way at the bottom. Because we're almost out. (Quiet sobbing)
Other obvious disadvantages are reliance on an uninterrupted power supply and the fact that we tend to occasionally lose items in there to freezer burn. Charlie and the chickens don't so much mind that as they have some mighty fine dining when a freezer burnt meal comes their way, but it's food that we could have eaten and money down the drain. And when the power does go out, we can only manage to go three days (depending on the ambient room temperature) without having to pull out the generator and power the freezer up. During the ice storm in 2009, we were without power for thirteen days. The generator wasn't used to run the well, provide hot water or keep us in electric lighting, but to keep our chest freezers operating. Of course, just weeks earlier we put a half steer and a hog in there.
Even though the freezer is still pretty much full now, it is not entirely filled with food items. When we take food items out, we replace it with a soda bottle filled with water. A full freezer operates more efficiently. And if the power were to go out, all those frozen soda bottles will keep the freezer colder for longer.
Deer season has already started here. Hopefully we'll fill our deer tags and have another hog sent to the butcher in the very near future so venison and bacon will soon replace those frozen bottles.